CD review: The Citizens Band wants YOU to vote

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The Citizens Band

Grab a Root and Growl

(Press Here Records)

***1/2

Touted as "the most exciting act in New York" by Paper magazine and heralded in The New Yorker and Vogue, The Citizens Band is a cabaret act with a message — "If you don't vote, you hurt yourself and you can't blame nobody else." Begun by experimental filmmaker Sarah Sophie, the stylish changing caste mixes vaudeville, daring-do on the trapeze, and political comment delivered with acerbic humor. And, oh yeah, they (all 19 of them) can sing. No, they're not putting their show on in SA soon, but their new collection stands alone. Through reinterpretations of improbable classics ("Tea for Two," "The Party's Over") and original songs that run the gamut from kitsch to sultry to jammin', Grab a Root and Growl is a call for action that amuses, delights, and pisses off the lucky listener. You don't have to listen, but you do have to vote, or "you let the politicians make a fool outta you." (A portion of the album profits will be donated to The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.) — Scott Andrews


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